Excerpt from "The Life and Times of Robert B. McAfee", published in Kentucky Ancestors, Vol. 43, No. 1, pp. 32, 34:
The following took place in the year 1799:
"...We were soon after joined by Mr. John Simpson of Shelby county a young man of six feet seven Inches high he was afterwards in the year 1810-1811 Speaker of the H. R. of the Kentucky Legislature and commanded a company in Col. John Allens Regt in teh Battle of the River Raisin where he was killed on the 22d January 1813 - Thus it has been my good fortune to have been the classmate of boys who afterwards became distinguished men.
"Mr. John Simpson also came on to school, being furnished a bed by Mr. Mahan, but in a short time a sister of Mrs. Mahan came to stay a few weeks with her, and Mr. Simpson had to take blankets & sleep on the floor in our room. This was rather a hard Berth for a six feet seven Inch frame, of course."